Professor of Classical Studies examines Ancient X-Files

Professor of Classical Studies Helen King helped investigate a mysterious case on National Geographic Channel on 8 June and 9 June.

In ‘The Green Children of Woolpit’ on Ancient X-Files, Prof King looks at an account of two green children being found outside the Suffolk town of Woolpit in the medieval period.

Prof King rules out the idea that they may have suffered from a condition called ‘green sickness’, which was believed to affect young girls, instead showing that ‘green’ was used metaphorically in this condition, to mean ‘immature’ or ‘unripe’, and would not have been seen as implying they were actually green-coloured.

Nor were the children time travellers.

Find out more via the National Geographic Channel

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